How Does Flu Spread?
Have you ever wondered how the flu spreads? Get ready to get grossed out.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby.”
In other words, when people sneeze or cough around you or just talk to you, they may be spraying you with germy droplets that can infect you through your mouth or nose.
The flu virus can be spread this way from up to six feet away. The flu can also be spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.
Disgusting, right? Here’s how to protect yourself this flu season:
- The CDC urges everyone to get the flu vaccine as the first line of defense, especially vulnerable populations such as young children and the elderly.
- Stay away from sick people and stay home if you’re sick.
- Wash your hands often and use soap! If soap and water aren’t readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- The CDC recommends that frequently touched surfaces be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.
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Natalia Rex is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Coverall. In 2012 she earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication. Her background includes instruction, social media, publication and visual arts.